City of Shelby Animal Control

Prairie Oasis Animal Shelter

50 City Shop Road
P.O. Box 398
Shelby, MT 59474-0398
Phone: 406-450-9663 ACO
Email: mandvshelby@gmail.com ACO
Karen Salo 406-450-8340
Email: ksalo@3rivers.net
Sue Brandt 406-434-2545

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Who We Are

Prairie Oasis is a newly formed endeavor. Prairie Oasis is a no kill shelter completely run by volunteers and dependent on donations for medical and everyday necessities. We do not have our own facility and are doing fund raising to purchase land and build. In the mean time the City of Shelby Animal Pound has, after the ordinance required 7 days retention, turned any unclaimed animals over to us to be placed. This sometimes takes a long time and at times the place is really crowded. The prospective adoptees remained housed at the Pound until such time as they find their forever homes or are transported to another rescue that provides a better opportunity for placement.

Mission Statement

We Shall Provide Shelter, Care, and Support for Abused, Neglected, Unwanted, and Stray Animals: Aid When Asked; Intercede When Necessary.

Goals

1. Provide a humane environment where animals will receive shelter, food, water, veterinarian care and human contact.

2. Place animals in appropriate environments where they will receive their basic needs met, along with safe and emotional nurturing. No chaining or confining in inadequate space will be accepted in adoption.

3. Provide a spay/neuter program to the public, and require all shelter animals to be altered prior to adoption.

4. Attempt to rehabilitate animals with special needs so they will be more adoptable.

5. Implement public programs and services that will promote dependable and "forever" homes for pet ownership.

6. Be advocates for animals.

7. Provide a "no kill" shelter for animals except for extenuating circumstances where the animal's behavior or health deems otherwise.


News

Shelter seeks help in meeting physical and medical needs of four-legged friends



Karen Salo with the Prairie Oasis Animal Shelter holds one of the many cats currently being cared for by the group. The shelter is looking for homes for the animals, volunteers, and donations of food, blankets and toys. photo by Melanie Hoggan


By Melanie Hoggan
Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 1:16 PM MDT


The Prairie Oasis Animal Shelter (POAS), formed in November of 2009, is intended to be just that, an oasis and safe haven for animals on the Hi-Line prairie.

POAS was formed by a group of concerned animal lovers who wanted to provide an extension of services already offered by the Shelby City Pound. With Articles of Incorporation, a board in place, and their non-profit status in the works, the group meets weekly on Tuesdays at noon at the Toole County Library. Discussions center around looking for ways to raise money, making plans for the purchase of land, building a permanent facility, and ultimately working to meet the needs of animals who need immediate food, medical attention, and homes.

“We are trying to provide the best care for the animals we receive. We want to meet every physical and medical need that they have,” offered POAS secretary Mayme Ober.

The board of directors for the group are; President Karen Salo, Vice President Sycilia Stanford, Secretary Mayme Ober, and Treasurer Phyllis Robertson. Members at large include Elisha Dempsey, Sue Kasper, Francine Jacobsen, Bev Johnson, Gigi Merrick, Sue Brandt and Denise McCormick.

The POAS is a no-kill shelter and takes over impounded animals from the Shelby City Pound after an animal has been in the care of the city for seven days. At that point, POAS steps in and assumes care, feeding and the medical expenses of the animals.

Although POAS takes over the needs of the animals the City continues to house the animals at the city pound for now.

“After seven days, the city has been gracious enough to let us keep these animals there until they have a home. We have adopted 24 animals since November. Unless the animal is medically un-saveable we want to retrain and rehabilitate them,” explained Salo.

All of the many expenses associated with the animals thus far have been donated by the many volunteers of the POAS. “We had a cat that came in with an injury and we spent quite a bit of money on a broken hip. It was a wonderful cat, we named it Kringle. Through generosity of one of our members, they immediately took over the medical costs,” shared Ober.

POAS is asking anyone in the community who has a tender spot for animals to consider donating canned cat/dog food, dry cat/dog food, towels, blankets, toys, and dollars. “We will accept any donation of food, monetary donations, or volunteer hours. Currently our volunteers are providing everything ourselves that the animals need,” said Ober.

POAS is also hoping that when individuals are considering adopting an animal, that they will look first at the animals available right here in Toole County.

“Perhaps there is someone outside the city limits who would like either cats or dogs, has a barn, and plenty of available space for the animals to run. Please consider coming to us to see if we can find a fit,” suggested board member Bev Johnson.

Also on their wish list are foster families who will house, feed, and provide animals with necessary care as they are waiting for adoption. The POAS aggressively searches for homes by posting their animals on adoption websites and running ads in the local papers.

The organization has already had several businesses step forward to offer help in addition to the help they are already receiving from the city. “Mark Warilla from the City Pound has been very accommodating and supportive. Dr. Hardy Clark has given us discounts on most of the medical needs our animals have, and we have received training assistance from the Cut Bank Animal Shelter and the Bright Eyes Animal Shelter in Choteau has offered to help us with training,” said Ober.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help with the project, or to assist in anyway please call Mayme Ober at 434-2509. “It takes lots of volunteers and people to help us. We have so many homeless animals in our community that need some help,” concluded Johnson.

Adopting a friend

Our adoption process includes a completed application with references and a copy of any rental agreement stating the renter (adopter) may have a pet.. A meet and greet is held at the shelter with the prospective adoptee (dog/cat) and the adopter and any family members. If all goes well at the meet and greet we schedule a home visit. The home visit is to make sure the adoptee has a secure fenced area, outdoor housing for use when necessary and that there are no dangerous items or situations in the yard or house. At this point if there are any other animals in the home an adoptee home visit is scheduled to make sure all non-human family members get along.
If the animal has been spayed/neutered and received shots while in the care of the Shelter an adoption fee to cover vet costs is requested. Should the animal not be spayed/neutered with current shots we request payment in the amount covering those costs and schedule the animal for a vet visit OR upon proof by adopter that the animal has been spayed/neutered and is current on shots the Shelter will return the payment for such to the adopter.
When all the above criteria has been met an adoption contract is signed.
We do an occasional unannounced visit or call to make sure all is going well and will take the animal back if we judge it is being mistreated. An on those rare occasions when we've not matched adoptee and adopter well we will take back the animal.

Come Visit Us!

If you would like to visit the shelter to see our family please call Mark 406-450-9663, Karen 406-450-8340 or Sue 406-434-2545 Monday -Friday to schedule an appointment. We all work so need to arrange our schedules to be able to meet with you.

City of Shelby Animal Control

Prairie Oasis Animal Shelter

50 City Shop Road
P.O. Box 398
Shelby, MT 59474-0398
Phone: 406-450-9663 ACO
Email: mandvshelby@gmail.com ACO
Karen Salo 406-450-8340
Email: ksalo@3rivers.net
Sue Brandt 406-434-2545

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